Best Ideas from the Drury Workshop

  1. Two ideas - communication and collaboration. These will be key to our future success. Also, for me, the conference provided a vocabulary necessary to reach our senior decision makers.

  2. Essential to focus on mission and program future.

  3. Vision and flexibility.

  4. That many of us are at the same or similar stages.

  5. We must be forward thinking with our focus on student learning. Learned much from the 4 year institution faculty about faculty collaboration.

  6. The need to integrate curricular changes with the new facility - it is an opportunity to improve our educational offerings.

  7. Keep the process and collaboration going.

  8. Need to prioritize, more in particular fashion from educational mission education of Provost development of complete team.

  9. Process - Make more inclusive and open. Make grander- dream.

  10. The importance of having consensus and ownership of our project.

  11. We need to focus on developing our understanding of our mission and how we want to carry out that vision.

  12. As we move forward we must use the word "opportunity" rather than "change" whenever possible.

  13. We need to start planning NOW, and that planning needs to begin with a formalized vision of what we want to be and how our space will support that vision.

  14. Start with curricular/pedagogical planning and let those plans drive the construction design.

  15. Need to get the idea for a science center from the President's head to his heart.

  16. Organization.

  17. Do curricular planning first before renovation.

  18. To make room for the future to arrive.

  19. The importance of STEM in EVERY student's education at our institution.

  20. It's important to understand how end users see that mission, - and hopefully get them to express it somehow during the programming.

  21. Many good ideas, but mostly the examples of other buildings.

  22. This is a long process and should be thorough. This should be highly inclusive of all stakeholders.

  23. How to pre-plan. How to transform the thinking of our colleagues. How to get others on board. How to get one campus "on track".

  24. Curriculum/mission of sciences departments need to be redefined.

  25. Our building should reflect the distinctiveness of our institution.

  26. Informal learning areas.

  27. Develop program to meet goals regardless of whether or not we build.

  28. We need to students involve students now in the planning process.

  29. How to put out the call for architects and the importance of additional consultants (e.g. acoustics engineer and commissioning).

  30. Think clearly about vision and mission. Articulate how we want students to learn first!

  31. Shared space.

  32. This is going to be a long, extremely difficult process which can and will leave a significant mark on the institution for decades to come.

  33. Patience, teamwork/collaboration. Specific examples.

  34. Think about the ways the facility you are planning will enhance the education of your students.

  35. Can't plan spaces for teaching until you know how you plan to teach.

  36. To tackle educational mission, department issues first.

  37. Think about our mission to our community - students and non-science students and local community and plan accordingly.

  38. Do it right - plan for the future.

  39. Probably that we all need to step back and work together to establish a clear mission for the sciences at Stonehill as on integral first step on a road to designing and building and fundraising for a new science space.

  40. Increased need for collaboration among faculty and between faculty and administration - greater openness for more productive discussions.

  41. Strategy versus tactics.

  42. 1. Curriculum issues first. 2. Not centered on one individual. 3. Value of lab consultants.

  43. Need for full participation and consensus and focus on students and pedagogy.

  44. PKAL Concept - Curriculum first! Program plan reflected in strategic plan - facilities plan reflected in master land plan.

  45. Importance of curricular discussions before building discussions.

  46. The overall lay-out of a good science building - lecture rooms, common rooms, seminar rooms, etc. How to make the spaces work for us. We took many photos and hope to obtain the PowerPoint of lab designs from other school (Session VII).

  47. Connect planning and needs to curriculum. Need for a programmer consultant before design begins.

  48. To provide "social" spaces within the building the 2-tier classrooms.

  49. Mission first; adapt space to meet long term mission/goals on 10+ year timetable; plan for flexibility.

  50. Optimism.

  51. Unified education, research, building concept.

  52. That we have to develop a "science" vision for the future.

  53. Vision, detailed planning, time and energy needed to be successful.

  54. To design the planning process to be inclusive of as many stakeholders as practical.

  55. Exposure to new possibilities with which we were previously unfamiliar.

  56. Science buildings need to support and facilitate different and changing curricula over time.